I feel, for the year of 2014, I moved from book slump into full on book drought. I think it’s a mix of personal stress and book choices that have kept me from connecting from many books this year. I’m not sure, but I am hoping that 2015 is a better year. And with what I’m reading right now, it looks like it could be! I’m alternating between two books right now: The Abominable by Dan Simmons and The Winter Family by Clifford Jackman.
Admittedly, I have a bit of a thing for mythical creatures: Bigfoot, the Abomindable Snowman, the Loch Ness Monster – I love them all. So I was excited to realize that Dan Simmons has a novel covering one of my favorites. However, at 663 pages, I’m having a hard time getting into it (as a huge Stephen King fan, I’d like to think size doesn’t scare me, but…).
“It’s 1924 and the race to summit the world’s highest mountain has been brought to a terrified pause by the shocking disappearance of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine high on the shoulder of Mt. Everest. By the following year, three climbers — a British poet and veteran of the Great War, a young French Chamonix guide, and an idealistic young American — find a way to take their shot at the top. They arrange funding from the grieving Lady Bromley, whose son also disappeared on Mt. Everest in 1924. Young Bromley must be dead, but his mother refuses to believe it and pays the trio to bring him home.
Deep in Tibet and high on Everest, the three climbers — joined by the missing boy’s female cousin — find themselves being pursued through the night by someone . . . or something. This nightmare becomes a matter of life and death at 28,000 feet – but what is pursuing them? And what is the truth behind the 1924 disappearances on Everest? As they fight their way to the top of the world, the friends uncover a secret far more abominable than any mythical creature could ever be.”
One I’m much more excited about, despite the fact it won’t be released until spring, is The Winter Family. So far, it is very good.
“Tracing a gang of ruthless outlaws from its birth during the American Civil War to a final bloody showdown in the Territory of Oklahoma, The Winter Family is a hyperkinetic Western noir and a full-on assault to the senses.”
Sounds amazing, right?